August cover star @arianagrande grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, in a gated community of expensive and lushly planted Mediterranean-style homes. Her mother, @joangrande , Brooklyn-born and Barnard-educated, owns a business selling marine communications equipment; her father, Edward Butera, is a graphic designer. The couple divorced when Grande was eight. Ariana grew up in character, in a household that relished characters. The theme of her third birthday party was Jaws. She loved to run around the house in a Jason mask, and at Halloween, Joan liked to buy animal organs and leave them floating in dishes. “My family is eccentric and weird and loud and Italian,” Grande says. “There was always this fascination with the macabre. My mom is goth. Her whole wardrobe is modeled after Cersei Lannister’s. I’m not kidding. I’m like, ‘Mom, why are you wearing epaulets? It’s Thanksgiving.’ ”
Tap the link in our bio to read the full cover story. Photographed by #AnnieLeibovitz , styled by @tonnegood , written by @robertjhaskell , Vogue, August 2019.